Upon waking in the morning, you sit up in bed and laugh for 5 minutes continuously. If you have a mirror handy, it’s useful to look into it while doing the exercise. In the beginning you will have to force yourself, but with practice it will come naturally. The act of laughing stimulates hormones called catecholamines, (cat*e*cho*la*mine) which in turn releases the happy juice – endorphins. With endorphins surging through our bloodstream, we’re more apt to feel happy and relaxed. With each laugh, therefore, we’re relieving stress, reducing anxiety and increasing our stores of personal energy. All of these psychological and physiological results are wonderful to cope with illness, a hospital stay or even a cranky coworker.